Through no real fault of their own, the Tampa Bay Rays have become the franchise where washed up veterans go to figure out they are washed up. That, along with Lance Berkman’s recent comments should have the Rays cautious in their pursuit of the former Cardinal.
Berkman, whom the Rays have shown interest in, has said that he is not sure if he wants to play in 2013. And now he sounds like the only reason he would come back is for the money (via Derrick Goold of StLToday.com)…
““In a way they have to buy me out of retirement, and I know that sounds crass — I wish it didn’t — but it’s a big commitment, it can put a strain on the family…If I’m going to play, I’m going to give my heart and soul to the team. But if the carrot’s not big enough, the mule isn’t going to want to go.”
Berkman, who made $12 million in 2012, has already received multiple offers and it sounds like he is not happy with them yet. And that probably means the Rays won’t win the bidding. MLBTradeRumors notes that the Rangers, Astros, Red Sox, and Orioles have also shown interest.
Berkman will be 37 in 2013 and played in just 32 games in 2012.